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Publishing Briefs: Burt Bacharach Partners With Primary Wave, Pulse Music Signs Kehlani & More

A list of the latest moves in publishing, including Burt Bacharach's strategic partnership with Primary Wave, Kehlani's deal with Pulse Music Group and more.

Primary Wave Music Publishing announced Wednesday (March 11) that it has struck a multi-million dollar, long-term strategic partnership with legendary composer, songwriter, producer and performer Burt Bacharach.

The partnership will include access to Primary Wave’s marketing and branding teams, publicity department and publishing infrastructure, including digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities and film and TV production. The publisher will work with Bacharach to market his name and likeness, manage all daily digital marketing activities and administer and market his songs, which include more than 500 compositions. The deal also gives the publisher the option of acquiring a partnership interest in his works.


Bacharach’s litany of hit songs include “I Say A Little Prayer,” “They Long To Be Close To You,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” “Walk On By,” “What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love,” “There’s Always Something There To Remind Me,” “On My Own” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose.” His music has been recorded by the likes of Dionne Warwick, Perry Como, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello and Rod Stewart.

The three-time Oscar winner has additionally scored several films, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, What’s New Pussycat?, Alfie, Casino Royale, Arthur and Baby Boom, and snagged a Tony nomination and a Grammy for the Broadway musical Promises, Promises.

Bacharach also released music under his own name as an artist, including “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “Trains and Boats and Planes,” and put out several solo albums.



Singer-songwriter Kehlani has signed a global co-publishing deal with Pulse Music Group, it was announced Feb. 27.

The agreement includes Kehlani’s entire catalog and future releases, including “Gangsta” and “Nights Like This” ft. Ty Dolla $ign as well as tracks on which she’s featured, a list that includes Cardi B’s “Ring,” Kyle’s “Playwithme” and Charlie Puth’s “Done For Me.”

According to a release, Kehlani has racked up more than 1 billion music streams combined. Her last release was the 2019 commercial mixtape While We Wait, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.



Mojo Music & Media has acquired the entire publishing catalog of Nashville songwriter and artist Larry Gatlin, it was announced Tuesday (March 10).

The deal includes publishing and songwriter interests in around 300 songs, including Gatlin’s solo hits “Broken Lady,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Night Time Magic,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “Love Is Just A Game” and “Statues Without Hearts.”

The acquisition also includes songs Gatlin wrote for his brothers as the Gatlin Group, including “All The Gold In California” and “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You),” “She Used To Be Somebody’s Baby,” “The Lady Takes The Cowboy Every Time,” “What Are We Doing Lonesome,” “Talkin’ To The Moon” and “Love Of A Lifetime.”

Additionally included in the deal are songs Gatlin wrote for other artists, including “Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall” and “Help Me” for Elvis Presley and “I Just Can’t Get Her Out Of My Mind” for Johnny Rodriguez.

“I’m pretty much speechless. No one, I repeat, no one has ever approached me with as much respect and with as many good ideas about how to keep my little songs going” as Mojo, said Gatlin, who recently launched a Gatlin Brothers 65th anniversary tour, in a statement.

According to a release, the creative team at Mojo has developed an “extensive long term plan” to promote Gatlin’s music and life story across all media, including curated playlists, reimagined videos, sync licensing, TV appearances, documentaries, theatricals and tributes. The company will work with Gatlin’s manager Mike Robertson and Mike Jason at StarVista to fulfill their vision.



Global music distribution platform Secretly Distribution has signed an international neighboring rights deal with Kobalt via its affiliate BWSCD UK Limited, it was announced Monday (March 9). The deal includes recordings distributed by Secretly in a number of key European, Latin American, African and Asian territories, including songs by artists such as Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Mitski, TV On the Radio, Tycho, Mac DeMarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Angel Olsen, Slowdive and The War On Drugs.

In a statement, Kobalt Neighbouring Rights CEO Ann Tausis said the “deal brings together Secretly’s curatorial and ethical approach with Kobalt’s expertise in neighbouring rights.”

Secretly’s head of international strategy Chris Cannon added, “We are very excited to be working with the team at Kobalt, to utilize their extraordinary expertise to more accurately and efficiently collect neighboring rights revenues in many key territories around the world, while we continue our focus on seeking out and working with the world’s most quality-oriented labels and artists.”

A co-author of the Worldwide Independent Network’s Fair Digital Deals Declaration, Secretly Distribution represents over 100 labels and thousands of artists in a diverse array of genres. In 2018, it became the first distributor to share liquidated Spotify equity, over 80% of which it distributed to its artists and labels.

Kobalt Neighbouring Rights is the world’s largest neighboring rights agent, representing over 2,000 performers including A$AP Rocky, The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Lewis Capaldi, Lil Wayne, Sia and Young Thug.



Concord Music Publishing announced March 2 that the company has signed an exclusive global admin deal with Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan for part of his solo catalog and future solo releases.

McKagan is best known as the bassist for Guns N’ Roses and the now-defunct Velvet Revolver. Though the Concord deal does not cover his releases with those groups, it does cover his work on Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album, Ordinary Man, on which he played bass and co-wrote songs including “Straight to Hell” and the title track. His most recent solo album, the Shooter Jennings-produced Tenderness, was released last year.

“In addition to his well-earned reputation as one of rock & roll’s pre-eminent musicians, Duff’s musical DNA as a songwriter and artist runs deep, culling inspiration from his earliest punk and rock & roll beginnings, through his deep understanding and appreciation of pop, soul and American roots music,” said Concord senior vp A&R/artist relation Tom DeSavia in a statement. “We’re thrilled to become a part of his ongoing exploration of creativity.”



Reservoir has struck a new partnership with the Nashville-based boutique music publisher One Riot, which is dedicated to the Americana and American roots genres, it was announced March 5. Under the deal, the two companies will join together to sign, develop and look after songwriter catalogs.

The first signing under the partnership is Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter duo The Secret Sisters, which just released their fourth studio album, the Brandi Carlile-produced Saturn Return, last week. The worldwide deal includes that album as well as all future releases.

“Reservoir’s expertise in creative, administration, and synch coupled with One Riot’s passion for the music and songwriters in this space, is a winning combination,” said Reservoir executive vp creative John Ozier in a statement. “Americana music spans a broad spectrum of styles including folk, country, blues, roots, gospel, soul, rock, and more, but one thing it all has in common is that it is song-driven music. The genre is often underserved due to the ambiguity of its definition, but it is our privilege to work alongside One Riot to amplify and celebrate the amazing musicians in this space, starting with The Secret Sisters.”



Electronic trio The Glitch Mob has signed a worldwide publishing admin deal with Third Side Music, it was announced Thursday (March 12). The deal includes the group’s full catalog, including all side projects and all future works.

“The Glitch Mob are one of the most innovative groups of the 21st century,” said Third Side Music executive vp creative/A&R Alex Kelman. “It’s an honor to partner with an act that consistently pushes the boundaries of modern music and have crafted a challenging yet accessible sound that is uniquely their own.”

Comprised of Justin Boreta (Boreta), Ed Ma (edIT) and Joshua Mayer (Ooah), The Glitch Mob has released a total of three studio albums and two EPs and has done remix work for artists including Daft Punk, The White Stripes, Bassnectar, The Prodigy and Metallica. Their sophomore album, Love Death Immortality, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart.



Concord Music Publishing has signed a global publishing agreement with songwriter and producer Cam Blackwood, the company announced Monday (March 9). The agreement will cover Blackwood’s past and future works.

Blackwood’s co-writing credits include Tom Walker’s “Better Half Of Me,” George Ezra’s “Cassy O’” and tracks on the Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes album End Of Suffering. He is currently writing with Calum Scott, RuthAnne, Gabrielle Aplin, Lily Moore, Callum Beattie, JC Stewart, Tom Walker and Jack Savoretti.

In addition to his work as a songwriter, Blackwood has produced a number of releases including George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s and Wanted In Voyage and Jack Savoretti’s Sleep No More.